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The most generous and varied single volume selection available of the literary and political writings of one of our greatest essayists of the twentieth century. In these 240 plus essays, Orwell elevated political writing to the level of art, and his motivating ideas–his desire for social justice, his belief in universal freedom and equality, and his concern for truth in language–are as enduringly relavant now, a hundred years after his birth, as ever.
“Orwell’s are the most important essays of the twentieth century, and reading them . . . will make you a clearer thinker, a cleaner writer, and a more thoughtful human being. This handsome 1,372 hardcover volume contains his complete esssays [and] an incisive introduction by the brilliant John Carey.”—Philip Hensher, Atlantic Monthly